Who's it For?

Fashion Week's Finest: Fall / Winter 2009
FLARE’s fashion team dishes on the 30 looks they loved from the fall collections

The last show of the season, this collection (LOUIS VUITTON) made me giddy and reminded me why I love fashion. The Parisian frills and flounces oozed sophistication but kept the mood light and fun. My favourite part? The bunny ears of course.
-Elizabeth Cabral, Fashion Director

One never knows what Nicolas Ghesqiuère (BALENCIAGA) will come up with each season – that’s why he’s a fashion darling. And yet, he managed to completely surprise us by turning his back on the futuristic designs he’s become known for and revert to the idea of classical French dressing with draping and soft femininity. Modern and classic at the same time – what every woman looks for in luxury dressing.

Always a showman, ALEXANDER McQUEEN did not disappoint this season. Girls in sex doll lips and couture worthy clothes evoking 1940’s Dior, walked around a heaping pile of trash used in previous McQueen shows – his way of addressing the state of commercial fashion and consumerism.

I favour the Fall collections mainly for the recurring trend of ultra-rich textures - this season, the best of which was seen at GIVENCHY. Feral but incredibly sensual yards of goat hair strapped tightly across the bust, and cascaded into a full skirt. It's untamed and womanly, commanding and alluring all at once.
Fiona Green, Assistant Fashion Editor

PREEN’s effortless sexiness gives it a huge draw each season. Its signature cutouts and bandage dressing were fresh in unexpected technicolour. Standout look: a super lush chubby pale blue and white fur coat against bare legs, with a barely-there body-con mini-dress totally reminiscent of trippy retro futurism.

The strength of YVES SAINT LAURENT's collection was in its streamlined ferocity; stripped-down power dressing in strict leathers and revamped suit silhouettes. The leather one-piece ‘bunny’ suit was a knockout amongst more masculine tailoring, with its high nipped waist and fuller bust.

This was a collection (COMMES DES GARCONS) that I kept looking over again and again. The looks had multiple layers that drew me in, but also created a complex overall atmosphere. Trompe l'oeil detailing was the clever touch that kept the looks from being too heavy-handed. These were stunning runway looks that can dismantle into practical fatigue jackets and menswear brogues.

Three words: PIECE OF CRAP! Fashion is what's popular, so if thats it, I'm going naked.

I so don't get "fashion." Gobs of money wasted on clothing that will never be worn off of the runway. Garish outfits on pencil thin women. Hideous hair and makeup that bring the word "freakshow" to mind. And ugly, ugly clothing.

Owww! Now those images are burned into my eyes! As someone who is repeatedly the best dressed person in the room, I would NOT give 99% of those outfits a second glance, let alone pay for them. When are designers going to learn that the average woman lives an entirely different lifestyle. Snap out of it! (Okay, I did get a good laugh from them.)

90% of this stuff is horrible! The models are not much better either! I want to hear from 3 men out there that would date these women, especially if they wore some of the stuff seen here! Also, the fur issue has been going on for so long that I don't even know why it is still being used! Lets skin alive some of the designers for a change!

That goat fur one is just bizzare. It makes me want to run to the bathroom and shave.

WOW!!! These designers have managed to make beautiful models look really bad!!! Overall this is the ugliest load of crap I've seen in a while.

Please go back to the classic look where a lady looks like a lady should. Many of these models look as if they have clothes just thrown over them. i.e. Brooke Shields, Christie Brinkley, J.O., Marilyn Monroe. We need women who look feminine, with curves, not so thin they appear as if a pretzel. Healthy looks should be on the runway-be a good roll model for the young girls today.

Right. Well, that was painful. Only maybe two outfits are worthy of a second look. I agree that designers are totally clueless as to the needs of real women. Do they think that everybody is a walking stick? I'm short and to find anything in petite size is a real challenge. Enough said.

Fur is gross and I have stopped wearing designers that use it...

It's also interesting how many of the models look less like grown women and more like little girls, as if they are catering to pedophiles and hebephiles.

Trust me I love women that are thin and physically fit, but these women aren't much more than bones and skin. From what I can see they don't even have the figure of a woman. I think these designers would do themselves and their designs a better service by finding women with figures who are physically fit.

Are they kidding us????

Again, fashion proves that it can make fools out of women. If I saw these outfits on the street, I'd have to break out in laughter! Why don't we see men wearing this kind of stuff? It's carnavalesque. Clowns! Enough, already!

SHAME ON YOU FLARE! I thought the fashion industry had reached some sort of an agreement that models would have to be a certain size to do the runway. WHY are these girls SKINNIER THAN EVER? As long as you CONTINUE to show off UNNATURALLY SKINNY WOMEN in your pages and online you are poisoning our young girls and women with BAD EXAMPLES of what it is to be female and what we apparently SHOULD look like to be "fashionable" LOOKS BAD ON YOU! You think REAL WOMEN who wear bicycle shorts look like THAT? You've got to be kidding me!

When will people understand the clothes in these fashion runway shows are an extreme exaggeration of what you will actually see in the stores and on the streets. Fashion is an art and an expression and the runway is the forum to show that art. If models wore basic street clothes on the runway nothing would stand out and fashion would never evolve. You should be looking at the cuts and colours, how the clothes are fitted, the accessories etc. and then expect to see similar but less dramatic items in the stores that would appeal to the consumer.

Look at the legs and knees of that first girl, and the colour of her face. She looks like she's about to keel over. Someone FEED that kid will ya??
One day I'd like to see a promotion of clothes for REAL PEOPLE and not the walking dead.

I think a lot of these desingers are closet woman haters and actually are laughing their asses off behind the scenes at how ridiculous some of their own designs are.

Hey Lulu - so you would break out into laughter at someone with the courage and strength of personality to wear these in public, eh? Someone who dares to dress DIFFERENTLY from you and all your friends and everyone else you know, all little retail fashion clones dressed alike but pretending to be different and unique, and mocking anyone who might truly BE different and unique.... proudly showing off your subjugation to peer pressure...

Well, I guess I'm "fashion forward" because I would wear at least a third of what's on show. Perhaps not all together and certainly not with the wild make-up or accent pieces. But I'm sure we all know that those are for runway purposes only in order to add drama to the show. Being a woman of real proportions, I'd look better in many of those clothes as well. PS - I may be wrong, but those look like faux fur anyhow.

One of these photos has been disturbing me all day (the first one of the girl with the bicycle shorts).. This girl looks like she should be getting treatement in a HOSPITAL, not being glamorized on a runway... It is SO shocking to me!! Reminicent of the anorexic girl from Brazil who died of a heart attack shortly after a fashion show.